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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Feb 21, 2006 1:32am
Forum: etree Subject: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I just wrote my experience of the 7/4/86 show in the LMA- that it did rain during Fire on the Mountain during an otherwise sunny day- and I remember the lightning storm during Fire at the Rutgers Athletic Center in 1981 (May I think)

What other strange external events have you seen during dead shows- and after you all stop laughing about the things you "thought" you saw- do you care to share things that may have really happened?

But come to think of it, it might be fun to hear your experiences in an altered state of what was happening during the show- I have read a bunch of good ones in the commentary on LMA

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Poster: davidbarfield Date: Feb 23, 2006 4:17am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

this post got me thinking and remembering...

was summer '87(?) greeks > alpine--3 shows. got off the plane and rented a car--all behind schedule. sat in traffic, parked the car and got the taping gear in order. before i left the parking spot, took a look around for landmarks lest i could not find the car after the last show. i saw some objects on the top of little hills--they looked to me like (with a quick glance) to be old airplanes--circa wwI....ok, parked near the old airplanes.

the rest of the run is fuzzy... i think we camped with peeps we knew nowhere near the car. anyway, after the last show, i was tired, stoned and once i left the venue and got to the parking area found myself completely lost. was dragging my ass and the taping gear around for a while...until i decided to ask some heads who were partying if they knew where the airplanes were.

"huh"? came the reply..

"you know... the old vintage planes on the hills?"

"dude, you ok?"

"yeah, i'm fine...just a little lost. i need to find my car..."

"do you need some help?"

"no, i think i'll find it..."

"no, i mean like some medical help?"

i looked at them like they were from another planet and wandered off wondering what they meant...after much wandering i found the car and had a closer look at my airplanes...turns out the were the tops of little ski lifts.

i felt like i should go back and explain, but who knows? maybe they'll read this....?

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Poster: wade4panic Date: Feb 22, 2006 12:12am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

walking out of Soldierfield in "93?" when I first hit the lot I stepped on something and then hit a beer bottle with my foot and someone sitting on the curb yelled at me "Hey, You stepped on my red tail." I thought that I had misunderstood and felt really bad because I thought He said I stepped on his red ale.I asked my friends about this and when I looked back to apologize the dude had a red fuzzy 8' tail.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Feb 23, 2006 7:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I guess after 24 years, the statute of limitations are up on these events, so I can relate these stories.

5-3- 79, Charlotte. This was Brent's very first East Coast show. There were about 60 of us sitting outside the venue about 5 hours before the show and a guy came out of one of the side doors with a couple of jugs of "electric kool-aid" and handed them to us saying something like "the guys are glad to be back on the road with the new guy.". Needless to say we all imbibed and had a very nice show.

12-31-81, Oakland Aud Arena. Between the 2nd and 3rd sets, right before the New years countdown, a few buddies and I, along with about 15 others were still lingering at one of the bars on the second level, finishing our last drinks before going down to the floor for the New Year's Madness!!
Just as we were getting ready to leave the bar, the same guy from Charlotte came into the bar from the kitchen area with a big baggy full of some white powder. He proceeded to dump what must have been about an oz of coke onto one end of the black marble bar, which was about 20 feet long, and took out a credit card, and made a big line all the way down the bar, it was as wide as my pinky finger. He then threw a bunch of straws on the bar and said "HAppy New Years from the boys!!" We all partook and then ran down to the floor for the famous "Gong Bong" with Kesey (whish in itself was one of the great wierd moments at any show I ever attended). All in all, very much a fear and loathing, strange moment at one of the best shows I ever saw.

8-16-81, McArthur Court. This show was at the college gym in Eugene, a small bandbox. It seemed as if no-one came to this show after the Seattle and Portland shows. People were selling extra tickets for $5. Once inside, the show was only about 1/3 to 1/2 full, but it was sweltering inside. Anyway, the strange/wierd happening was the Ken Babbs and the pranksters rolling out the Thunder Machine during drums and performing vocal and percussive madness for the whole Drum solo. Again, it was one of the great moments that I was fortunate enough to experience during my time at dead shows.

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Poster: Iko Jim Date: Feb 23, 2006 9:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Hey PG,
I was at that show too and I agree that the Gong Bong was a great and strange event. I was behind the soundboard with my girlfriend when some friends joined us. They were laughing and all jittery. They told us that they had just come from upstairs where someone had turned a bunch of Heads on to some coke, I later heard from some others that this had happened at both the upstairs bars. We were sorry we had missed it, but we got a real nice buzz from the gong bong, and had the time of our lives at that show.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Feb 23, 2006 11:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

1. 1970, Fillmore West (Carousel Ballroom).

I was standing right in front of the stage.

At the climax of "Casey Jones", which got louder for the last few verses,
one of the amplifiers exploded in flames with a big bang!

I wasn't sure if it really happened or if I imagined it.

Since then I figured out it was done with flash paper and a cherry bomb... or maybe they really blew out the amp!

2. I was at the Winterland show in 1971 or thereabouts (early '70s) when water was handed to the crowd by someone from the stage with the advice to take a sip and pass it on.

Not everyone heard that, and some thirsty people chugged from the jug.
The resulting freak-outs were reported in the daily news.
My Dad was worried I was one of them until he saw me days later.

3. Outside the side door of Winterland, circa 1978...

The guards didn't even want people on that side of the street, but we kept coming back over.

My friend suddenly climbed up the fire escape - an amazing physical feat, I couldn't believe it even as I watched him do it.

Someone had opened the fire door and circus boy went for it in a hot second.

Suddenly someone in the audience opened the street level side door and in a heartbeat I dashed from the cold stark sidewalk to the middle of a Dead set.

It was hot inside, while the band was tepid.

I took off my burgundy velvet coat and watched the rest of the show without making a sound, until the lights came up and the band was leaving the stage.

I yelled out "Cream Puff War!" and tossed a bunch of bread crumbs on the stage.

I felt like I'd been bad and it was time to leave. I looked for my coat on the side seat where I left it but it was gone.
I raced toward the front exit, and a guy was standing out side with my coat - I said thanks and grabbed it.

The acrobat I rode there with was gone, so I hitchhiked back to my Sausalito houseboat.

It took hours to get a ride, at least I had a coat.

The clean Continental-style car was unusual for the kind that stopped for hitchers, although the driver looked hip.

His name was Francis, just like St. Francis I thought.
After waiting that long to get a ride, you can almost believe in miracles.

I yakked about how I'd gotten in Winterland for free.

Then he told me he had been at the show, working on stage.

In fact, he saw me throw the crumbs and he cleaned them up.

Just drop me off back at the side door.
I didn't say that but might as well have.

4. August 1970 FW
I knew the words to the new song Truckin' and was singing along.

Bob Weir looked down at me (during the livin' on reds tongue twister) and he went cross-eyed, in a bit of a double take (seeing someone mouth the words simultaneously).

More strange happenings in
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=36608

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Poster: rrollerball Date: Feb 24, 2006 5:06pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

everytime ive been to saratoga has been a strange happening and i was there for the main show and buckeye lake too!!!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Feb 28, 2006 5:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Speaking of getting in free,
my father got by the security on the very last night, during the Fillmore West closing week.

He and I were standing outside the side door.
We heard what sounded like gun fire and there was a split second window of opportunity.
All but one doorman had left their post to see if Bill was okay or whatever.

Dad said "I'm Santana's father" to no one in particular and walked right in.
Within 2 seconds they had control again and my words "I'm Santana's father's son" or words to that effect were ignored.
I didn't push it because I didn't want to get Dad kicked out.
That was his first and only rock concert.

Years later I learned that it was a friend of mine that lit a firecracker near the side door.


Harding Theatre, circa 1971 Garcia and Tom Fogerty.

Between the sets, I think it was the Rowan Bros who were up next.

The lights were on and someone was smoking a cigarette or something, I don't remember what made me turn around to see who was sitting behind me... it was Jerry Garcia and friend taking in the show for a few minutes.

On a side note, in 1974 I was in Marin hitching and a hip chick named "Birdie" picked me up, and we ended up at her house nestled under trees decked out with a huge record collection and a variety of stringed instruments in the living room.

We dropped something she said was pure.
I had no reason to doubt her, noting the juicer and other natural food stuff in the kitchen.

A few hours later I was having a fine time playing records and strumming one of the guitars as best I could. Not very well.
Her roomate came home just as I was banging away on Uncle John's Band.
I ceased and desisted.

No introductions were made, he just sat down and started playing, brilliantly.
She just smiled as though I should know who he was... and in my altered state, I thought it was Jerry Garcia.

I was slightly embarrassed and even a little paranoid. Maybe Birdy was his lady, and I had been trying to make time with her.

It turned out to be Jan Tangen, a Blue Bear Music (Family Light) School founder, who did look like Jerry.


Oakland Col, circa 1990.
A friend had an extra ticket when his wife had to reschedule at the last minute.
He got me to go although I was dreading the long hours soon to be endured. Imagine not wanting to go to a Grateful Dead show.

"What, and miss Gilligan?"
At least we arrived late.

I stood like a statue watching from a balcony rail. A girl behind me started being real friendly even though I was uptight.
I thought perhaps I was a challenge she was aiming to loosen up.
A minute went by before I found the nerve to say something.

I turned around and she was floating away horizontally, being carried hand and foot by friends.
They informed me she'd be out for the night.

I headed for the lobby.
Staring absently at a wretched tie-die t-shirt someone was wearing, I slowly looked up at her face, as she looked up at me.
It was my sister, whom I hadn't seen in 4 years or know was down here.

The Stone, circa 1983
I was among the last to leave, standing by the front doors when out comes Bob Weir, guitar in hand. (With a friend, also carrying a guitar case).

They started walking down Broadway.
From the alcove, I could only see the street directly in front of The Stone.

Suddenly, right behind them walking in the same direction came a gang of around 10 juveniles.

There was a phone back inside, and I listened for the scrum.
Of course Bob made it home okay or we would have heard by now.




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Poster: nagdot Date: Feb 28, 2006 7:30am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

reminds me of a song...gate crashers suck, seems the dead also created gate crashers, ever see festival express ,nuttin kind bout that

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Feb 28, 2006 9:21am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Festival Express, yeah, saw it.
One of the best scenes in it is when Garcia raps to the gate crashers, without condescending.
They (GD) did a free show a few days later.
Are you saying that encourages gate crashers?

Orthat mounted police busting heads wasn't kind?
Or demanding free music isn't kind?

Gate crashing en masse is one thing, one person sneaking in is another.
I mean, 500 gatecrashers upsets a lot of people, makes a statement, involves people and maybe has valid reasons.

One person sneakin' in is just cheap, or maybe has valid reason - sold out show, last ever show, no money, whatever.
But the show goes on, no big scene results.

Bill Graham ran a tight ship, but it wasn't Fort Knox... once in a while someone might slip through.

I paid for every other Bill Graham show I went to except for the Kinks show at the Berkeley Community Theatre that I worked as a volunteer usher for, which was a good way to get in "free".

A movie worth seeing on this subject is "FREE", which stars Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds and Dr. John.
The debate between the promoter and community is the main focus of FREE.
By the end, the people liberate the concert. The performers who play for free are conga players, etc.

The Isle of Wight movie includes gate crashing scenes.
Joni Mitchell tells the crowd what for.


I was the doorman at the Purple Onion in 1999.
Maybe one person a night was short on cash, or not on the guest list, but usually paid, or didn't expect a free ride again and again...
I made snap judgements and sometimes let 'em in.

I believe free music such as here at the LMA will encourage not discourage interest in supporting the bands/acts that share.









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Poster: nagdot Date: Feb 28, 2006 10:50am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

everyone wants something for nuttin, next thing you know its 100 bux to see p&f or ratdog lmao. i was a door man myself and i ran a tight ship even the cops paid to get in. truth is my man that if it werent for gate crashers there prolly would still be a quality, not so expensive, woodstock every year. when you cant break even cuz so called happy kind ppl steal from you, wat have you got, a 200$ ticket to bonarroo peace

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Poster: DEADBUCK Date: Mar 1, 2006 10:07pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Yeah I was walking into the show at Boston Gahden when A pigeon from up under the highway shat right between my open toes. Thats when I owned Teva sandals...and I knew they wouldnt have done it to Birks...so I switched shortly there after..
And at my first show (also in Boston) The lady sitting in front of me set her big hair on fire with a but. must of been from Revere with all that hairspray...lesson ...stay away from north shore girls.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Mar 1, 2006 9:12pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

when we were freshmen, the price of admission into the Fillmore West/Carousel Ballroom at $5 was a fortune but there was always

Tuesday "Sounds of the City" at the FW for $1

Auditions-Jams-Guest Performers 9pm til 2am

at 7:00pm The Fillmore Fingers played basketball
you could watch Bill play or take a nap on the floor and no one would bother ya...
I caught some zzzs one night and woke up just as Cipollina was taking a solo in "Fresh Air"...
man, that's coffee!



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Poster: Clockface Date: Jul 16, 2006 6:39pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I ran across your mention of the "Fillmore Fingers". In those days, I was a member of the Little Princess 109 light show group, and we watched the basketball games, too. It was a ringside seat upon our perch on the light show platform near the ceiling at Fillmore West. On one occasion, the Fingers played against Alice Cooper's band before the show. I'll always remember watching Alice dribbling and running down the court while in full stage costume, including an 'iron' chastity belt.

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Poster: corwin Date: Feb 28, 2006 12:16pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Hey cream puff this aint no war!! spread the love and tell bobby plz!!festivals will only stay as strong as the community..some kidz dance and shake there bones the politicians,they throw them stone's it's all to clear WEIR UR ON UR OWN,ashes ashes i just fell down..........

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Feb 28, 2006 1:31pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

true, festivals are great, and coming together as a community in spite of the danger or temporary lack of personal comfort -
a lot easier when you're young, has to be done.

But do it right!
The war (or battle of bread crumbs) isn't over high prices but in not getting what we pay for, a lack of care or service... and over crowding.


"It's not hard to imagine why people [at Woodstock 1999] vented their violent impulses after being penned up in a treeless air force base during a stifling heat wave...

Blaming the customer who loses control is a lot easier than acknowledging the frustration that is bound to arise from outrageous corporate conduct.

...We pathologize what is essentially a logical response to the fact that companies are raking in the cash while consumers take the burn."

--Richard Goldstein

A couple times in line I addressed Bill Graham about the issue of high ticket cost.
He said talk to the band (at the George Harrison 1974 show); and "wear a green shirt" (on the last night of the Fillmore), whatever that meant.

In 1983 I was near the front at the David Bowie Oakland Arena show.

It almost turned into a disaster as waves of people were falling over each other in the crush as the Let's Dance fans surged towards the stage.

Girls were passing out, being handed up to the stage.

Bowie hadn't even come out yet.

Bill Graham finally came out and said everybody take 3 steps back.

I got the hell out of there with one shoe on and watched Bowie on the big screen


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Poster: kassina Date: Mar 1, 2006 1:01am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

"I got the hell out of there with one shoe on and watched Bowie on the big screen"

Do you remember which shoe it was - left? right?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Mar 1, 2006 7:20am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

It was a really big shoe!
And the closest thing to mania at a concert I've experienced,
in 35 years of going to live shows.

I've tried to make a list of every show I've ever seen: band, year and venue, at least the ones I remember, just for fun at:

http://beat-pop.blogspot.com/2006/02/name-every-show-youve-ever-seen.html

(nothing commercial, no solicitatations on this beat pop blog)

Comments and other lists welcome.

Thanks to this Strange happenings at Dead Shows - an interesting thread with lots of amusing memories,
some of which may work their way into LMA reviews;
we've shared another aspect of live music.

Little pieces of the puzzle that may jog memories, of artist and audience; or add details which may be interest to archivists.

Not everything was caught on tape, such as the aforementioned banter between the standees and sitters at a mid-1970 Fillmore West GD show (it was probably Garcia who said, "There's nothin' to see!")

Every show from every year has it's individual character(s).

Like at the Fillmore West sometime in 1970, there was a big fellow in dashiki walking or parading around by the snack bar, announcing, in a strikingly loud and clear voice,
"I am the king of LSD!" or "I am the king of acid" repeatedly. Never saw him again.

One person posting above also attended
the sip or swig Winterland show.

Do you know the actual date of that, and if it's in the LMA?

Oddly enough, I never had anything psychedelic at a live concert (except cannabis) other than one time; 1997 at the Purple Onion.

Google the 90's Purple Onion freak shows if you enjoy strange happenings.

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Poster: corwin Date: Feb 28, 2006 2:38pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

ummm ok,im not sure why ur implying 69 woodstock and the frikin 99 woodstock together??? and as to why u would imply why u will not go to festivals>? festivals are great these days and well organized for the most part! i have yet to see a big gathering of the peeps and have not one thing go wrong!!it happens man but plz stay positive or contine u to stay behind a screen!! ya the choice is urs but lets keep it real.....strangers stopping strangers just to shake there hands!!!!!!!!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Feb 28, 2006 4:22pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

maybe I misunderstood the post before that read in part,

" if it werent for gate crashers there prolly would still be a quality, not so expensive, woodstock every year. when you cant break even cuz so called happy kind ppl steal from you..."

There were gate crashers at the 1st Woodstock, and it took years for some of the backers to recoup their investments; no matter how free and beautiful a festival is, someone had to sweat and sacrifice more than they planned to.

And no matter how maligned a festival was, some people had a good time...
such as at Altamont, I've read positive reviews by peeps who weren't near the stage.

By the big screen, I meant the concert screen so people in the back can see what's going on.

At one 1970 Grateful Dead show I saw, some people were saying, "Sit down!"
"We can't see!""
other people were saying "Stand up!"

This went on for a while, until eventually Bob Weir said, "Stand on your heads!"
and someone else in the band said, "there's nothin' to see!"

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Poster: kassina Date: Mar 1, 2006 12:55am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

"I got the hell out of there with one shoe on and watched Bowie on the big screen"

do you remember which shoe it was - left? right?

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Poster: nagdot Date: Feb 21, 2006 2:31am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

yupper i remember 7-4-89 truckin up to buffalo it rained all mornin while i was at work so i miracled another buddy and worked the whole shift as soon as them kids took the tix in their hands its stopped rainin then was a fine day but i committed to work and missed out good thing i worked at the mental institution they couldnt tell the diff between them and me trippin woohoo

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 21, 2006 10:52pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

7-23-90 brent's last show...there was a comet or something streaking across the sky for like 20 min..anyonelse remeber this ???it was really freaky during terrapin ...

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Poster: JohnOO Date: Feb 22, 2006 3:27am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Nothing to do with shows, but about ten years ago, all during the summer months, any time I played Anthem of the Sun, a bird in the hedge outside the kitchen window of my house would start singing along to the cow bells part of TIFTOO. By the time the CD go to the Alligator jam the bird was singing its heart out. I think it thought Jerry's guitar was some bird calling out.

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Poster: davidbarfield Date: Feb 21, 2006 2:22am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

"and I remember the lightning storm during Fire at the Rutgers Athletic Center in 1981 (May I think) "

5/15/81 Athletic Center, Rutgers U - New Brunswick, NJ
1: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Franklin's Tower > Minglewood Blues, Dire Wolf > Cassidy, Candyman > Little Red Rooster, Jack A Roe, El Paso, Ramble On Rose, Looks Like Rain > Don't Ease Me In

2: Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain > Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World > Drums > Not Fade Away > Black Peter > Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues


lightning through the leaking skylight during l.l.r. > 2nd set. if you were on the floor, it was raining on you.

rutgers is well known for cutting corners... at that point the rac was only 3 or 4 years old...

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Poster: matt austin Date: Feb 21, 2006 10:17pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I think it was 2000, I'd just quit my job after seeing the Dead playing in Chicago and decided to join the tour to San Fransico. Made it to Shorline and who was standing right behind me but Brian, my first acid dealer from Sioux Falls. I'd not seen him for five years and heard that he'd moved to Seattle. Brian gave me my first bootleg back in '92 that had turned me from a simple 'cid dealer to Deadicated (and responsible) 'head. Was a great show - couldn't believe that we met up after all those years and miles from 'home'. Cheers, Brian (and to the baby in Tammy's belly - must be a teen-ager now!).

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Poster: gyver9 Date: Feb 21, 2006 5:52am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Breaking camp in the Adirondacks with my brother - getting ready to cruise down to Dead in Glens Falls - who comes comes walking down the trail in the middle of nowhere but our Uncle John! Banged out Mt Marcy with Uncle John and then on to Glens Falls for Uncle John's Band.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Feb 21, 2006 6:05am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Keep them coming- these are the kind of synchronicities that made it such a great experience all these years.

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Feb 21, 2006 6:13am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Not a strange thing, but a funny one that we still talk about for some reason.

9-19-90 MSG..we were in the aisleway right behind the tapers and just in front of a section of seats. Before the
show vendors were coming around selling stuff. These 2 guys behind us would call the vendor over.."Hey..what you
selling" "Soda!" "Soda? How much" "$3.75!" "$3.75??? HA HA HA" happened with the popcorn guy, ice cream guy..
one guy came around "Hey..what are you selling?" "nothing..I'm all out" "All out??? ha ha ha"..we
were of course in serious altered states and laughed our respective posteriors off.

Jim

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Poster: patkelley Date: Feb 21, 2006 1:32pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I have a tape of that show with a bunch of guys laughing at the vendors. Thanks a lot!!

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Poster: bonk Date: Feb 21, 2006 3:44am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I will have to keep this clean...7-7-89..JFK,SETII,During The transition from SCAR to Fire I witness(how do i keep this clean)a Girl one row in front of me doing an act to a stranger.She just unzipped and went to town.Man was that crazy!We were 4 rows from the stage on Jerry,s side and I clearly remember him looking at all of this and laughing!Now thats a GD momment!

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Feb 21, 2006 4:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I was at that show......but it was not me getting the favor done.....

: )

And man, that is one of my favorite Scarlet Fire's too- that combo and a delightful meal? wow

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Poster: bonk Date: Feb 21, 2006 4:09am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

This guy had to of been on cloud 9.I was trying real hard to just groove to the music but once i saw garcia look over and laugh,it just was classic!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffskb archives Date: Feb 21, 2006 5:40am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

6/18/83:
Lightning crashing over the trees behind the stage at SPAC during the chorus of Fire On The Mountain!!! You can hear the crowds reaction on the tape.

Then there was lightning suring The Wheel vocals (if the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will).

cm

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Feb 21, 2006 7:54am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

9.377 Women giving birth in the crowd was lifted out by Helicopter
5.11.78 Almost 2/3rds of the place was on those lovely PURPLE BARRELS (THE MESC SHOW)weeeeeeeeee
4.2.82 Jerry and Phil swap sides
7.10.90 Nailing Promised Land where they left off after being interrupted by a power failure.


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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 21, 2006 10:56pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

ahhh the closing of jfk ....

outside jfk some naked dude who apparently ate the brown acid was running around freaking out and he runs up to me and grabs my sunglasses right off my face !!! and runs away i had to chase that freak all over the parking lot!!!!

also anyone remember the plane flying around with the dont eat the brown acid banner...there was some real bad shit goin around that show...

and then inside the show a bunch of wacko's decided to turn over the porto-potty's with people in them ...what a mess!!!

what a day and what a show !!!

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Poster: JodyC Date: Feb 21, 2006 5:32am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

My brother was at the 7/3/88 show in Oxford Maine when during Birdsong hangliders began circling the venue, and then flew on...I was a junior in high school for my first show (5/7/77- wish I knew then what I know now!) and ran into my best friend from grade school who I hadn't seen since 5th grade when I moved to another state. We were both happily surprised to find each other in altered states

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Poster: Sluggo714 Date: Feb 27, 2006 11:44pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

If I'm not mistaken the '88 Oxford Bird Song featured an ultralite type thingy that stayed a little while and then flew off, not a hang-glider nor multiple hang-gliders neither. Then again, I was tripping.....

Great show. The 2 nights in Oxford were my fav Dead experience- GREAT vibes.....

Also, Philly, Dead and Dylan, '87. Naked guy literally hanging from the flag ropes on the very top of the stadium- swinging out and back defying grabity..... it weren't the only nekid person I eva saw at a Dead show, but it were the most dangerous.....

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Poster: bonk Date: Feb 21, 2006 9:43pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I was there!I totally forgot about that!That was great!

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Poster: N.Y. JACK Date: Feb 21, 2006 9:47pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

GREAT TIMES IN MAINE. MET FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE U.S.RIGHT ON THE MAIN ROAD.THE FIRST NIGHT WE LISTENED TO THE SHOW FROM CANOES ON A LAKE NEARBY WATCHING THE SHOOTING STARS.
THE NEXT NIGHT WITH THE ULTRAPLANES DURING BIRDSONG WAS SO COOL. DYLAN WAS PLAYING NEARBY AND I HAD PEOPLE AROUND ME CONVINCED DYLAN WAS ON THOSE PLANES TO PLAY THE SECOND SET.THE PLANES FLEW AWAY AND WE LAUGH OUR ASSES OFF.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 21, 2006 11:06pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

i took pictures and there was only one ultralight flying around....i guess some had double vision...:)

i remember weir stepping out to the front of the stage and lookin' up in wonder....some think the set ended early cause of this cat flying around....

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Poster: bonk Date: Feb 21, 2006 10:32pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

This whole summer tour was great.Pepole are down on 88' but this summer tour 6-25-88 Ohio,6-28-88 SPAC,Silver Staduim 6-30-88(MY B DAY SHOW) and these were SMOKIN!!!!!!

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Poster: spinyn Date: Feb 27, 2006 7:25am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I was at the Winterland show where the crowd got dosed, as well. (I had taken some peyote and was kinda cotton-mouthed so I took a big swig when the "water" went by...). Everything was cool while the band was playing but when the music stopped at 2 AM, it got a little strange. People exiting found out just how stoned they were and many were unprepared.

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Poster: heat miser Date: Feb 21, 2006 11:21am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

At Oxford Plains Speedway in '88...we woke up the morning after the first show in our 8 person monster tent (into which we had crammed at least a dozen people) feeling so totally satisfied with the whole experience of the day before. I sat up and jokingly announced that the only thing that could possibly be better was if someone would serve us breakfast in bed. Not 10 minutes later, some random hairy guy popped his head inside the tent and asked "who's hungry?". He then produced a tray full of hot breakfast sandwiches that he sold to us for a buck a piece. I remember it seemed like heaven at the time.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Feb 22, 2006 2:00am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

How funny/typical that a small out of the way venue like Oxford that they only played one two show gig at would provide some things so memorable. Such was the beauty of a Dead show.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 22, 2006 4:20am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

while on the way home from oxford on 7-4 i wanted to get a picture of a moose. so we headed up to moose country towards flagstaff lake not having a clue as to where we were goin . i only had one pict left in my camera and really wanted a pic of a moose . we found a old logging road and drove down it to a deadend. me and a buddy got out and started walking around in the woods looking for moose . we found some tracks and followed them to a small river .we did some moose calls and actually got a response but never did see any moose :(
on the way home we did happen to catch a double rainbow over flagstaff lake on the 4th of july and that was pretty cool. so i used my last picture on the rainbow !!!!

not knowing where we were i looked at the map and realized when we were at that river calling moose the river was called the " dead river "
we actually followed moose tracks to the dead river ...that was freaky !!!

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Poster: progressivevibes Date: Feb 22, 2006 10:15pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

A double rainbow on the 4th of July, welcome home my friend, welcome home. Hope to see you in Co this 4th of July, perhaps you "Gather" some insight on why that was your last picture that day... (2006 National Rainbow Gathering)

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 23, 2006 10:49pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

are u asking me why i had only one picture left ??

if so ,it was because i used up all my film at the dead show . didnt have any money left except enough to get gas and pay for tolls to get home . i live in pennsylvania . i wasnt expecting a rainbow. i wanted a moose!!!!!! :)

that rainbow was awesome ..it lasted for i am not kiddin at least 2 hours..maybe longer..it was amazing !!!

doubt i'll be making the trip to colorado ..catch some rainbows for me ........


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Poster: progressivevibes Date: Feb 28, 2006 3:09am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

no man I wasnt asking why you had on pic left, I was simply saying that there is a major significance between your having one shot left, and catching a double rainbow on the 4th, we celebrate the rainbow prophecy every year at the Gathering, and the 4th of July is the most special day of all, some day you might understand.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 22, 2006 4:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Memories:

1-11-79, Nassau Coliseum:

My first show (you never forget your first ;-)
All of 14, w/my best friend and chaperoned by my Mom (thanks, Mom!) who was pretty confused by the whole thing, walking around the halls of the "mausoleum" before the show, thinking "This is soooo cool!" when this hippie girl comes out of nowhere, yelling and pointing at us "Look! Look! Little Dead Heads!!", and then skipping away laughing w/her friends. I recall thinking at the time (a little petulantly) "I'm not little!", but boy was I hooked, especially after they did a killer Jack Straw and I had my Lovelight turned on for good. (Didn't know it at the time, but it was one of Donna & Keith's last shows and the only time I would ever see them).

Madison Square Garden, 1983:
5th row center; First St. Stephen in 5 years. 'Nuff said.

Road trip from New Orleans to Hampton, Virginia, 1986:

16 hours is a long time to be trapped in a car w/2 people you don't know--a couple--who offered you a ride to the show and then fought and bickered the entire way. Plus, it rained insanely heavily for the ENTIRE ride. Didn't think that was possible. Went w/out tickets for the shows (last of the halcyon days before In the Dark when you could still get tickets the day of...) Too polite (and b/c I didn't know them and it was their car), too scared to say to these two to please for the love of Jerry STF UP ALREADY...! white knuckled gripping the steering wheel trying not to hydroplane out of control and half wishing I would b/c at least that would stop the yelling ...wondering if this was the biggest waste of my time and money ever...finally getting to Hampton, ditching the Lockhorns to go find tix, scoring, getting in for what was a pretty tepid first set and still wondering if I made a huge mistake when at the end of Set One Phil steps up to the mic and they bust into the first BOX OF RAIN in 14 years!!! All the badness just melted away after that. Even the ride home was a joy (the couple had been healed by Phil's big surprise, I guess) and I had the extra satisfaction of saying to my friends who had opted not to go "Box of Rain, man...Box of Rain." Only later realized how extra appropriate that was given the ride...

Alpine Valley, Wisconsin, Summer run, 1989:

Another rain-soaked event, but 3 fabulous shows. Chilling in the totally dark, mud-caked "parking lot" w/my buddy after the last show, reflecting on a great road trip ( I had driven from NY, he had come down from Toronto) when this poor head comes up to us, looking completely lost, and in all seriousness says "Have you guys seen a brown car?" We were both stunned speechless and could only stare and offer him a beer as he shuffled off into the darkness.

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Poster: harold920 Date: Feb 21, 2006 1:31pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I had a strange experience while playing 9-16-78. I was out by this lake in a wooded area of Minneapolis. Out of nowhere, this Middle-Eastern guy emerges and asks where the music originated. I tell him from Eygpt. He responds by telling me that he was there for that show. Strange, huh?

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Feb 21, 2006 10:20am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I have many memories of stange/weird moments at various shows, here are a few of my favorites.

5-21-82, Greek Theater. As Bird Song kicked off, someone from backstage released a whole flock (about 20 or so) of white doves that circled above the Greek Theater for the entire song before being called back down at the end of it.

7-29-82, Red Rocks. It rained for 3 days straight during this run and they had been selling these orange ponchos for all three shows. The third day it poured all day and Red Rocks was engulfed in a cloud. I was about halfway up the arena and could barely see the stage. It was very eerie. Looking around, it was impossible to recognize anyone, all you could see was 10,000 orange blobs bopping in the mist.

8-30-85, Southern Star Arena. This show was at an arena that was part of the Astro-World/Six Flags park. The arena was set up so that the stage had the amusement park behind it (unlike Compton Terrace which sloped down from the park). It was a full moon might and the moon was rising stage right as Jack Straw was starting. The really cool part was that the stage was right in front of one of the roller coasters, and you could see all the carnival lights behind the band. Between songs, during tuning, you could hear the carnival music and hear the screams as the roller coaster sped by. it was very appropriate for a Dead show.



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Poster: toothless Date: Mar 2, 2006 5:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

weren't all dead shows strange happenings?

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Poster: Crazycatt Date: Feb 22, 2006 12:53am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

I am a Deadhead. My mother took me to my first show in 83; she had been seeing them since the early 70's. I grew up knowing the words to most Dead tunes by first grade. I was one of the dirty children running around at crazy, many day parties in Woodstock N.Y. in the '70's.
Now here is my story: It is my Mom & Dad's story. I guess there was a huge rain storm in NJ when the boys where going to play at Roosevelt Stadium once (the show was cancled). They where there in the rain storm prior to the show canceling).... According to Mom: they where so wet from the rain, soaked to the BONES...that they all got undressed for the drive home in the VW ...and Dad, becuase he was driving left his underware on. Lucky for him because they did get pulled over and he got a ticket for driving barefoot on the NJ State Parkway. True Story.
Crazycattpeekn'

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Poster: CandyMan81 Date: Feb 21, 2006 8:25am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

damn!!! reading 'bout all these good times is another reason i always say i was born in the wrong generation, i'm only 20 and only got into the dead in the past 2 years (a friend bought "skeletons" cd thinking it would thump in his car stereo, was thoroughly dissapointed and gave it to me, changed my life) unfortunately at that point jerry was dead...tho i have had great times at the "spin-off's" shows, but they ain't the same, thankfully i got the shows on the archive!!! long live the string genious, jerry garcia!

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Poster: kayatosh Date: Feb 21, 2006 10:16am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

hang in there, Candyman81. Good times/vibes are everywhere, you just have to see with loving eyes. Peace, my young friend.

P.S. Can't resist telling a story from the ole days: Balmy night, rolling to the 3/24/93 show in Chapel Hill (my first, I think) drinking magic OJ in the back of a suburban w/ some excited buddies; walk-running into the Dean Dome, taking our seats in the rafters high above Jerry clad in the black tee. Everything else melted away but that band and their tunes. One of those dreamy nights.

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Poster: bangtailpoet Date: Feb 21, 2006 9:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

Welcome aboard the bus...try catching Phil and Friends, it's the next best thing...

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 21, 2006 11:09pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

and all this time i was being told the DSO is the next best thing...now i'm confused???????

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Poster: N.Y. JACK Date: Feb 22, 2006 12:07am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

dso? hey send me the pics of oxford thats would be great!
jacnes3@optonline.net

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 22, 2006 4:00am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Strange happenings at Dead Shows

dark star orchestra

those pics were taken back in 1988...guess the condition they are in...plus i don't have a scanner...sorry dude!